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We are excited to announce that our South and Southwest offices merged into a central location that is more easily accessible to the more than 25,000 south-southwest community residents served each year. All our programs are designed to work with the strengths of our clients to aid them in their journey toward self-sufficiency. If you need assistance, would like to get involved, or have any questions, please contact our new offices. If you are located in the south region, please call (708) 333-8379. For the southwest region, please call (708) 430-0428.
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The South Region includes: Burnham, Dixmoor, East Hazel Crest, Ford Heights, Lynwood, Markham, Phoenix, Sauk Village, South Chicago Heights, Calumet Park, Riverdale, Blue Island, Posen, Robbins, Dolton, Calumet City, South Holland, Lansing, Thornton, Glenwood, Chicago Heights, Park Forest, Richton Park, Matteson, Olympia Fields, Flossmoor, Homewood, Hazel Crest, Country Club Hills, and Harvey.

The Southwest Region includes: Lemont, Willow Springs, Justice, Summit, Argo, Bridgeview, Bedford Park, Burbank, Hometown, Evergreen Park, Oak Lawn, Chicago Ridge, Worth, Alsip, Midlothian/Crestwood, Oak Forest, Tinley Park, Orland Hills, Orland Park, Palos Park, Palos Heights, and Palos Hills.
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DACA Announcement/Informacion de DACA
Tuesday, September 05, 2017 by Communications
Today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA, would be phased out over the next six months. Under DACA, immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as minors have been able to get work permits and receive temporary deferral from deportation.

Here are the details of the new policy:

- The administration won't consider new applications for legal status dated after Sept. 5.
- Applications filed before September 5, 2017, will continue to be processed.
- Applications submitted on or after September 5, 2017 will not be accepted or processed.
- Anyone who is a DACA receipt with permits expiring between now and March 5, 2018, can apply for a two-year renewal. That application must be submitted by Oct. 5.
- Some DACA holders, with permits that expire between now and March 5, 2018, will be eligible for renewal for another two-plus year. For others, legal status ends as early as March 6, 2018.

DACA Questions and Answers

1. What is going to happen to current DACA holders?

Current DACA recipients will be permitted to retain both the period of deferred action and their employment authorization documents (EADs) until they expire, unless terminated or revoked. DACA benefits are generally valid for two years from the date of issuance.

1. ¿Qué va a pasar con los actuales beneficiarios de DACA?

Los beneficiarios actuales de la DACA podrán retener tanto el período de acción diferida como sus documentos de autorización de empleo (EAD) hasta que expiren, a menos que sean terminados o revocados. Los beneficios de DACA son generalmente válidos por dos años a partir de la fecha de emisión.

2. What happens to individuals who currently have an initial DACA request pending?

Due to the anticipated costs and administrative burdens associated with rejecting all pending initial requests, USCIS will adjudicate—on an individual, case-by-case basis—all properly filed DACA initial requests and associated applications for EADs that have been accepted as of September 5, 2017.

2. ¿Qué sucede con las personas que actualmente tienen una solicitud inicial DACA pendiente?

Debido a los costos y cargos administrativos asociados con el rechazo de todas las solicitudes iniciales pendientes, USCIS adjudicará, individualmente, caso por caso, todas las solicitudes iniciales de DACA y Autorización de Empleo que hayan sido debidamente presentadas hasta el 5 de septiembre, 2017.

3. What happens to individuals who currently have a request for renewal of DACA pending?

Due to the anticipated costs and administrative burdens associated with rejecting all pending renewal requests, USCIS adjudicate—on an individual, case-by-case basis—properly filed pending DACA renewal requests and associated applications for Employment Authorization Documents from current beneficiaries that have been accepted as of September 5, 2017, and from current beneficiaries whose benefits will expire between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018 that have been accepted as of October 5, 2017. USCIS will reject all requests to renew DACA and associated applications for EADs filed after October 5, 2017.

3. ¿Qué sucede con las personas que actualmente tienen una solicitud de renovación de DACA pendiente?

Debido a los costos y cargos administrativos asociados con el rechazo de todas las solicitudes pendientes para renovación de las solicitudes de DACA, USCIS adjudicará en forma individual, caso por caso todas las solicitudes de renovación de DACA y Autorización de Empleo que hayan sido debidamente presentadas para renovación hasta el 5 de septiembre de 2017 y de los beneficiarios actuales de DACA cuyos beneficios se vencerán entre el 5 de septiembre de 2017 y el 5 de marzo de 2018. Estas deberán presentarse no más tarde del 5 de octubre de 2017. USCIS rechazará todas las solicitudes de renovación de DACA y Autorización de Empleo que se presenten después del 5 de octubre de 2017.

4. Can deferred action received pursuant to DACA be terminated before it expires?

Yes. DACA is an exercise of deferred action which is a form of prosecutorial discretion. Hence, DHS will continue to exercise its discretionary authority to terminate or deny deferred action at any time when immigration officials determine termination or denial of deferred action is appropriate.

4. ¿Puede la acción diferida recibida de acuerdo con DACA ser terminada antes de que expire?

Sí. DACA es un proceso de acción diferida que es una forma de discreción de la fiscalía. Por lo tanto, el DHS continuará ejerciendo su facultad discrecional para terminar o negar la acción diferida en cualquier momento cuando los oficiales de inmigración determinen que la terminación o la denegación de acción diferida es apropiada.

5. Will USCIS share the personal information of individuals whose pending requests are denied proactively with ICE for enforcement purposes?

Generally, information provided in DACA requests will not be proactively provided to other law enforcement entities (including ICE and CBP) for the purpose of immigration enforcement proceedings unless the requestor poses a risk to national security of public safety, or meets the criteria for the issuance of a Notice To Appear or a referral to ICE under the criteria. This policy, which may be modified, superseded, or rescinded at any time without notice, is not intended to, does not, and may not be relied upon to create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable by law by any party in any administrative, civil, or criminal matter.

5. ¿USCIS compartirá la información personal de individuos cuyas solicitudes pendientes se deniegan proactivamente con ICE para propósitos de cumplimiento?

En general, la información proporcionada en las solicitudes de DACA no se proporcionará a otras entidades encargadas de hacer cumplir la ley (ICE y CBP) para efectos de ejecución de procesos de inmigración, a menos que se determine que el solicitante es un riesgo para la seguridad nacional o según las normas de ICE se tenga que emitir un aviso de comparecencia. Esta política, puede ser modificada reemplazada o anulada en cualquier momento sin previo aviso. Esta política no podrá utilizarse para crear ningún derecho o beneficio ustancial procesal, ejecutado por ninguna de las partes en un asunto administrativo, civil, o penal.

6. Will DACA recipients still be able to travel outside of the United States while their DACA is valid?

Effective September 5, 2017, USCIS will no longer approve any new Form I-131 applications for advance parole under standards associated with the DACA program. Those with a current advance parole validity period from a previously-approved advance parole application will generally retain the benefit until it expires. However, CBP will retain the authority it has always exercised in determining the admissibility of any person presenting at the border. Further, USCIS retains the authority to revoke or terminate an advance parole document at any time.

6. ¿Los destinatarios de la DACA aún podrán viajar fuera de los Estados Unidos mientras su DACA sea válida? A partir del 5 de septiembre de 2017, la oficina de USCIS no aprobará solicitudes nuevas, I-131 para permiso condicional para salir y entrar al país, asociadas con el programa DACA. Aquellos que posean una aplicación I-131 previamente aprobada de permiso condicional para salir y entrar del país, mantendrán este beneficio hasta que este permiso expire. Sin embargo, el CBP tiene la autoridad para determinar la admisibilidad de cualquier persona que se presente en la frontera. Además, USCIS tiene la autoridad para revocar o terminar este documento de permiso condicional para salir y entrar al país en cualquier momento.

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12731 S. Wood Street
Blue Island, IL 60406

South Phone: (708) 333-8379
Southwest Phone: (708) 430-0428

Christopher L. Torres
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